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SEP 2018

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W H A T W E L O V E B o n nie C a r r o ll , t h e p r e s id e n t o f TA P S , h a s b e e n wo r k ing o n t h e Af g ha n H o p e P r oje c t f o r 10 ye a r s . The idea took shape after a visit to Iraq in 2003. Carroll saw Americans serving alongside the coalition forces, "helping to create freedom, stabil- ity, and to help the next generation grow up free of oppression." What stood out to Carroll was that ev- ery citizen—men, women, and children—was in- volved in the same effort. Creating Hope Together Providing stability to Afghan war widows through a beautiful gift. By Lizann Lightfoot, Marine Corps Spouse The Afghan Hope Project creates bracelets of the precious stone lapis lazuli. The stone is mined in Northern Afghanistan, and the project's center in Kabul employs hundreds of Afghan citizens to make the bracelets and hand-tie the elaborate silk knots on each piece of jewelry. What makes these employees unique is that they are all female, and most are widows who lost their husband in war. Photo by the Afghan Hope Project 18 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2018

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